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Small Business Accounting Software...

anybody have any experience with any? i'm looking for something that has invoice building, check printing, obviously accounting, etc. the only thing that i'm aware of is "quickbooks"...anything else out there? i'm looking for extremely user-friendly as well...i don't want something with a really steep learning curve.

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Along with QuickBooks, there is also M$ Money Plus Home & Business and Quicken Home & Business 2008.
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Along with QuickBooks, there is also M$ Money Plus Home & Business and Quicken Home & Business 2008.
do you have opinions on any of those? i've never used any of the mainstream accounting software packages.
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Are we talking service related business? Any inventory? Payroll? Time Billing? Etc.

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It really comes down to personal preference and demands. I prefer to do most of my accounting and finances in Excel and the software that I use for invoicing and inventory is a lot more than a small business would need.

You should be able to DL "trial" versions and mess around with them and see what you like. Once you get set up with any of the programs you will be able to fly through them, I can guarantee that.
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QuickBooks seems to be the standard for small and medium businesses. I've worked in IT for 3 different call centers, 2 have used QB, the other one used PeachTree and it was a wreck to fix/support. QB's customer service is A+ to work with and comes free of charge when you buy certain editions of the software. QB can also be setup to have multiple users and has a backup function. Also, when we had to call for out-of-house accounts for our company, most of them know QuickBooks inside and out and didn't mind showing us how to do things in QB. Hope this helps...

Also, don't forget that most banks allow you to export/import data in a QB data format...
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Are we talking service related business? Any inventory? Payroll? Time Billing? Etc.
yes, it's a service business...i don't think that there should be any inventory needs. payroll and time billing are necessary as well as check and invoice abilities. i'd like to be able to write and track purchase orders through the system as well as the normal accounting / tax stuff.

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Concur with Quickbooks for SMB.

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I would have to recomend quickbooks just because so many use it, and if you switch to another program later, many of them will import quick book files so you don't have to start from scratch

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Use quick books, it is very easy for your small accounting firms to import your stuff to do your returns with quick books.

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anybody have any experience with any? i'm looking for something that has invoice building, check printing, obviously accounting, etc. the only thing that i'm aware of is "quickbooks"...anything else out there? i'm looking for extremely user-friendly as well...i don't want something with a really steep learning curve.

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I like the online version. We had to do a how to on it for an accounting systems class that I took. It is a very good program and easy to use.
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for what you're doing brad, quickbooks really is your only choice. It's easy to use, and the best small business accounting software out there. I even think they have a "professional services" version, as well as one for contractors.

Look on www.quickbooks.com and read around. The difference from 200 bucks to 400 bucks might be worth it depending on your situation.

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Look on intuit.com...lots of great info on quickbooks pro and quickbooks enterprise..I work for online banking for bank of america and am pfm trained

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